Nutrition Q&A: Is microwave cooking safe?

Nutrition and Dietetics expert, Parvathy Radhakrishnan answers readers’ questions on nutrition. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.
This week’s answers:

1. Dear Parvathy, thank you for ur tips on cholesterol. pl tell me if it ok to take a tsp of ghee everyday, i have no cholesterol problem now but heredity is there.
It is alright to have a tsp of ghee daily if it is part of a generally low fat / high fiber diet and a physically active lifestyle. Look at the larger picture here. If you are eating a lot of foods that contain saturated fats, then this one tsp of ghee becomes part of that bad fat content. If on the other hand you are a healthy eater, one tsp of ghee will not harm you.

2. hi. i am planning to purchase microwave. i hear different reports abt micro cooking, healthy, unhealthy. i would like to know if there is nutrition loss in micorwave cooked food.

As with all methods of cooking, microwave cooking also causes nutrition loss but to a lesser extent. What you should be worried about are other issues like killing of bacteria and using microwave safe utensils for cooking.
· Cover and cook so that the bacteria is killed.
· Mix the food half way through cooking or heating.
· After the microwave stops let it sit as it will still be finishing off the cooking like in a pressure cooker.
· Use microwave safe vessels and do not use plastics that may melt if used. The harmful substances in plastic may leak into the food.
· Cook vegetables until just done (not overcooked) to retain nutritive value.

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